Haunted Machines is a curatorial and research project by Natalie Kane and Tobias Revell exploring narratives we construct around technology.

Here you will find a selection of special projects, events we’ve run or taken part in, writing by us and alumni and our library.

Basset, C,. Steinmueller, E,. Voss, G, (2013) Better Made Up: The Mutual Influence of Science fiction and Innovation, Nesta
Bettelheim, B. (1976) The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, Thames & Hudson
Bogost, I. (2015) The Cathedral of Computation, The Atlantic
Brice, M. (2015) Static and Noise About Bodies, Blog
Bridle, J. (2017) Failing to distinguish between a tractor trailer and the bright white sky, Blog
Buranyi, S. (2015) This Ghost Hunting Handheld Is an iPhone
For Talking to the Dead
, Vice
Burrell, J. (2016) How the machine ‘thinks’: Understanding opacity in machine learning algorithms, Big Data and Society
Connor, S. (2017) Dream Machines, Open Humanities Press
Davis, E. (1999) TechGnosis; Myth, Magic & Mysticism in the Age of Information, North Atlantic Books
Dick, P. K. (1965) Holy Quarrel, Worlds of Tomorrow
Dourish, P. & Bell, G. (2011) Divining A Digital Future; Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing, MIT Press
Enns, A. (2019) Apocryphal Pyschotechnologies, Continent
Freud, S. (1919) The Uncanny
Gaiman, N. (2005) American Gods, William Morrow
Gell, A. (1994) The Technology of Enchantment and The Enchantment of Technology, Anthropology, Art, and Aesthetics. Clarendon Press
Gell, A. (1988) Technology and Magic, Anthropology Today
Haraway, D. (2016) Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitolocene, Cthulucene, E-Flux
Hayles, K, (2005) Computing The Human, Theory Culture and Society
Hoffmann, E, T, A. (1819) Automata, Die Serapionsbrüder
Hui Kyong Chun, W. (2008) On "Sourcery," or Code as Fetish, Configurations
Jensen, C. B. et al. (2016) Attuning to the webs of en..., Journal of Ethnographic Theory
Latour, B. (1999) Pandora’s Hope; Essays on The Reality of Science, Harvard University Press
Losh, E. (2016) Sensing Exigence; A Rhetorics for Smart Objects, Computational Culture
Losse, K. (2015) Cults at Scale; Silicon Valley and the Mystical Corporate Aesthetic, Dis Magazine
Maguire, R. (2014) The Ghost in The MP3, Blog
Malinowski, B, (1948) Magic, Science and Religion and Other Essays, Beacon Press
Manaugh, G. (2015) New Urbanist: The Ghosts that Keep Your House Safe, New Scientist
Marenko, B. (2015) When making becomes divination: Uncertainty and contingency in computational, Design Studies
Marenko, B, & Van Allen, P. (2016) Animistic Design, how to reimagine digital interaction between the human and the nonhuman, Digital Creativity
Mattern, S. (2017) Code and Clay, Data and Dirt; Five Thousand Years of Urban Media, University of Minnesota Press. 
Mieville, C. (2010) Kraken, Del Ray
Mieville, C. (2013) Marxism and Halloween, Lecture
Moosgard, P. (2019) The Sacred an The Profane, Continent
Mungai, C. (2015) Africa in 2030: A future of smartphones, drones and digital witchdoctors, Mail & Guardian of Africa
Nova, N. (2019) A Persistence of Magical Thinking? Continent
Pierce, J. (n.d.) Addressing Network Anxieties with Alternative Design Metaphors, Website
Poe, E. A. (1836) Maelzel's Chess Player, Southern Literary Review Pratchett, T. & Gaiman, N. (1999) Good Omens, Gollancz
Rose, D. (2015) Enchanted Objects; Innovation, Design, and the Future of Technology, Scribner
Sacasas, M. (2013) Et in Facebook Ego, Blog
Saxena, J. (2015) There's a schism in the witch community over online spell-casting, Daily Dot
Sconce, J, (2004) Haunted Media: Electronic Presence from Telegraphy to Television, Duke University 
Selbst, A, D. & Barocas, S. (2018) The Intuitive Appeal of Explainable Machines, Fordham Law Review
Selinger, E, (2015) Too Much Magic, Too Little Social Friction: Why Objects Shouldn't Be Enchanted, LA Review of Books
Simondon, G, (1958) On The Mode of Existence of Technical Objects, Aubier
Stahl, W. (1995) Venerating The Black Box; Magic in Media Discourse on Technology, Science, Technology and Human Values
Tanner, G, (2016) Vaporwave and the Commodification of Ghosts, Zero Books
Truitt, E R. (2015) Preternatural Machines, Aeon
West, J. (2015) DeathHacks: Tech tips for people who are going to die (someday), Blog

The Haunted Machines Library

Here we collect key texts of importance to the project. Where they’re available online we have linked to them. If you have other suggestions, please send them to us. 


Content, except where specified or referenced elsewhere is copyright Natalie Kane and Tobias Revell. This site was last updated May 2018. 

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